Looking to kick the summer off in a super sharp cruiser that you can parade down Main Street and park at local cruise nights? Looking for a cool piece of Americana that’ll turn heads anywhere it goes? If you’re in the market for some vintage metal that’s stylish, powerful and has lots of history, who says you have to buy a stuffy, high maintenance trailer queen? Just pick up the phone, call your friends at RK Motors Charlotte and we’ll hook you up with a great car, like this awesome Falcon Futura Sprint, that can be driven and enjoyed! Packing a stout, small block V8 in a clean, road ready restoration, this fully sorted weekend warrior draws big crowds and big compliments wherever it goes. And if you’re one of the many enthusiasts looking for a fun classic that’s both unique and cool, it’s your ticket to car guy nirvana!
In typical 60s Detroit fashion Ford’s first generation Falcon, adorned with curved surfaces and creases that stretch from stem to stern, is incredibly hard to make straight once it’s been overhauled or reworked. Fortunately, the metal on this compact coupe has been subjected to a professional restoration that involved good panel alignment and an astute attention to detail. The car’s classic flanks are very straight, leading me to believe it was a clean, rust-free canvas when the first sheet of sand paper was laid on its solid and sculpted body. That body’s gaps are better than average, featuring doors that operate with precision, vertical components that are centered in their respective openings and correct Rangoon Red two-stage. And overall, this pint-size cruiser carries every indication that its high quality rebuild was a well-planned effort to create a timeless muscle car which looks good on the road and great in the parking lot!
At its inception, the Falcon was considered Ford’s primary youth offering. Accordingly, the car’s design adopted a modern styling theme that features excellent proportions and minimal trim. At the front of this coupe, a simple chrome bumper centers two clear parking lamps below bright halogen headlights and a straight aluminum grille. Above that grille, a sculpted hood hangs minimalist “FORD” lettering between classy fender toppers and like-new glass that’s framed in straight stainless trim, mirrored stainless wipers and ornate c-pillar emblems. Below those emblems, a correct chrome mirror and traditional chrome door handles perfectly complement great looking “Sprint V8 Futura” scripts while white-inlayed door guards parallel dent-free rocker guards. And behind those rocker guards, large, ornate tail lights illuminate a traditional Ford decklid emblem, fresh Futura valence trim, a stylish, “V8” branded fuel filler and a second chrome bumper.
Hoist this Futura’s bright red hood and you’ll find a beefy, 289 cubic inch V8 that’s been fully rebuilt and dressed to impress. When the car officially transformed into the old school hot rod you see today, every one of its details was upgraded in the name of both performance and aesthetics. And presently, the smooth mill looks great displaying a thick coat of Jet Black paint inside a nice layer of chrome and traditional, Satin Black fenders. The engine gets its air and fuel from an Edelbrock Performer intake which props a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and chrome, open element cleaner beneath a snazzy Ford wing nut. Fire is provided by a Mallory Unilite distributor, which sends spark across stamped and chromed valve covers via fresh Radio Resistance wires. And spent gases are handled by a slick pair of coated Doug’s headers, which connect to either manually operated cut-outs or coated, true-dual pipes. Naturally, the powerful small block is simple, looks good and is reliable enough to hit the road tomorrow. And everything from its tagged Autolite Sta-Ful battery to its fancy FoMoCo voltage regulator is fully sorted and ready to go.
Look under this classic Sprint and you’ll find a solid undercarriage that’s been properly maintained and treated with respect. Motivation is provided by a reliable 4-speed transmission, which spins a traditional 9-inch rear end. Turns come courtesy of old school manual steering, which affords the car a vintage, authentic feel. Braking is provided by a combination of manual front discs and familiar rear drums, which do an excellent job facilitating drama-free stops. There’s a fully rebuilt suspension, which is currently fitted with fresh KYB Gas-a-Just shocks. The soundtrack never stops thanks to big Magnaflow mufflers, which roar through coated, true-dual pipes. Traction is maximized by a fresh set of American Racing Torq Thrust Ds, which ride on 205/70R14 Firestone FT70 radials. And overall, the bottom of this Falcon presents very well with solid floors that display no signs of rust, a straight frame that shows no indication of damage, and a slew of road ready parts that all function just as they should.
This cool Ford’s correct and tasteful interior is a classy reminder of the days when style and appeal were the central focus of automotive design. At the front of the car, a fully restored dash hangs pristine stainless trim between a vintage Sprint tachometer, a direct-fit cassette deck and modern, chrome-trimmed auxiliary gauges. In front of that dash, completely rebuilt and recovered seats provide the perfect spot for Main Street cruise nights. Below those seats, fade-free carpet centers a familiar Hurst shifter between a classy console, clean Ford sills and color-keyed floor mats. At the edges of that carpet, great looking side panels wrap like-new vinyl around stainless-trimmed armrests, fresh chrome door handles and correct chrome window cranks. Above those panels, a like-new headliner leads the eye to a straight and fade-free package tray that hangs over a fully restored trunk. And in front of the driver, an impressive Ford steering wheel spins a burled wood rim around bright chrome spokes.
This exceptionally clean Falcon is one of the coolest cruisers on the planet! As it sits, the car offers the best of both worlds: a fully restored classic, and a unique hot rod that sets itself apart from a virtual sea of bright pony cars and full-size land yachts. Solid, early 60s metal doesn’t come along too often, and given the attention this Ford draws in our showroom, it probably won’t last long!